Nationals won't renew Siegle's contract

Nationals dismiss assistant GM Siegle

The Nationals informed assistant general manager Tony Siegle on Tuesday afternoon that his contract would not be renewed by the club. Siegle's last day with Washington was Wednesday and his contract expires on Oct. 31.

Siegle was one of three assistant general managers -- Bob Boone and Mike Rizzo are the others -- in the organization, but Siegle acknowledged that he was out of the loop, although he interviewed some managerial candidates in recent weeks. General manager Jim Bowden is known to rely heavily on Boone, Rizzo, amateur scouting director Dana Brown, Jose Rijo, the special assistant to the general manager, and team president Stan Kasten.

"I'll be looking forward to the future. I have mixed emotions and I don't know why I was let go. We've been through an awful lot," Siegle said.

Siegle has been with the Nationals/Expos organization since February 2002. Siegle was the person who negotiated contracts with player agents and often traveled with the team.

When general manager Omar Minaya left to take a similar position with the Mets in September 2004, Siegle was hoping to be promoted to general manager, according to sources, but then-team president Tony Tavares bypassed him for Bowden.

Bowden, who broke the news to Siegle, was not available for comment. The Nationals also did not say who would replace Siegle.

Siegle has worked in baseball for more than 40 years and he hopes to stay in the game. He already has placed calls to Minaya and Giants general manager Brian Sabean. Siegle worked for Sabean twice and tried to work for him a third time last winter, but there wasn't a position available.

"Thank God I have friends in the business," Siegle said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.